|THE POWER GROUP
TRANSFORMATION FOR THE THIRD CHAKRA
The Manipura मणीन्द्र चक्र
In this very intensive group process we are working towards transformation of our issues of
power, will, control, comparison, competition, worthiness and judgement.
The third energy centre is the power centre.
Of the seven chakra energy centres within the human energy system, the most challenging for the many people is the third chakra.
In Sanskrit this third centre is called "Manipura," diamond-city.
It is a fitting name and symbol for the energy of this centre in which the main theme is power.
It is about how we feel powerful or powerless. The physical location of the third chakra, is in the solar plexus.
This is the area is where we store negative emotions especially those that we have not been able to express;
and it is the place from which we show ourselves to the world. It is the seat of the ego, from where we can say “I am.”
What makes the third chakra difficult for many people are the intense issues of competition, comparison, control, worthiness
and judgement. As the master Osho explains it, "We are brought up in such a way that competition becomes our very life. Our whole
educational system is competitive and our whole society is based on that competitive system. You have to be successful - then competition is the
way. And unless you are successful, the society condemns you as a nobody, good for nothing. This competitiveness enters into our very blood
stream. So we become unaware that it is always there."
In this competitive atmosphere, comparison is a rule to judge your own success or failure and to judge at what level your competitors are. In
the third chakra, the survival issues of the first chakra resurface but now in the human emotional and mental world of our workplace and
When faced with the power issues of the third chakra, people react in one of two ways.
Either they go into the positions of being powerful and controlling or they go into avoidance and collapse, weakness and obedience.
In the third chakra we find ourselves into the duality of being either a tyrant or a victim.
Osho describes this duality to be like the in-breath and out-breath of our astral body.
Power is the air that we breathe in and out through the third. Thus we have these issues of power not only in our emotions and minds,
but also in our physical body as tensions, and in the energy field of our aura. As we become more aware of the rhythm of the third body's
breath, we realize it is not possible to stay attached to only one side; sooner or later a swing to the other side is inevitable.
If we can accept this then a transcendental quality can arise and the positive qualities of the third chakra can emerge.
Dignity and self-respect come about when the Manipura chakra is relaxed yet still activated. Maturity comes from having lived through the
challenges of the power centre, having learned the lessons and being able to use power in such a relaxed yet alive way that the energy
rises to the higher chakras. Then we see that power can be transformed into love.
We will also work on the hidden aspects of the power issues, how often we do not show our power games directly but hide them from others
and even from ourselves. Judging others is the most common form of hidden power, as is gossiping, spreading negative rumours,
and “stabbing someone from behind.” It is common to see ourselves as the victim of such negative behaviour,
but we have to look honestly at ourselves to see how we do it also to others.
The famous expression, “Judge not, lest you will be judged” tells us that if we receive others judgements it is
because we are judging others also!
As with all the workshops in the Transformation for Chakra Energies Series, this group is highly experiential and active on all levels.
Participants are required to be in good physical health and be prepared for an intensive experience,
remembering that totality is the first golden key for transformation.
Also as this is one of the most intense therapy groups available it is recommended only for people who have
previous experience of cathartic methods and meditations.
Osho answers a question on a key third chakra issue:
Beloved Osho, what is the difference between self-respect and pride?
There is no difference between self-respect and pride. There is a difference between the ego and self-respect or pride.
Self-respect and pride are simply natural to your individuality they are your dignity; they are your acceptance of yourself.
The ego is a comparison. Self-respect and pride are non-comparative, that is the difference.
In ego you are always comparing that "I am superior to others", that "I am better than you", that "I am higher than you", that "I am holier than
you", that "I am a saint and you are a sinner." Whatever the reason, but you are comparing yourself as superior and comparing the other as
inferior. This is the formation of the ego. But pride is non-comparative; it does not say anything about anybody else.
It simply says that "I am respectful of myself, I love myself, I am proud just for being, just to be here in this beautiful existence."
It does not say anything about anybody else.
The moment you go into comparison you start an ugly game. My respect towards myself is not a hindrance to you to be respectful to yourself.
In fact I would love you to be respectful towards yourself. Because if you are not going to be respectful of yourself, who is going to be respectful
towards you? If you are not proud of being a human being - the most evolved consciousness in existence - who is going to be proud of you?
And your being proud is really nothing but a gratefulness for all that existence has given to you.
It is tremendous, we are not worthy of it, we don't deserve it, we have not earned it, we can't claim it;
it is just out of the abundance of existence that it has given us everything.
We do not value what we have because we take it for granted.
Self-respect is respect without comparison.
Pride is dignity, the feeling of dignity, that existence wanted you.
That existence has created you, that existence needs you, that you are welcome in existence, that you are not an unwanted child, an orphan.
That moment-to-moment existence is giving you nourishment, life, light, everything that you need.
Pride is not equivalent to ego, neither is self-respect equivalent to ego. Ego is comparative, and because it is comparative it is ugly, it is sick.
The very idea that "I am superior to you" for any reason, is inhuman. But being proud of oneself does not make anyone inferior.
In fact it shows you the way to be proud of yourself, to be respectful of yourself.
I am against the ego, but I am not against pride and not against self-respect. Those are the most important human qualities.
Osho in The New Dawn. Chapter #3, Question 3